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The Truth CommissionI d rate this 45 starsWill the truth really set you free In Susan Juby s uirky and enjoyable The Truth Commission three art students believe so and strive to compel their fellow students to expressing the truth about the various situations they re in but they don t realize that the truth comes at a rice and that facing your own truths may cause difficulty than you realizeNormandy Pale is a student at the Green Pastures Academy of Art and Applied Design in Nanaimo British Columbia Canada She is a tremendously talented artist and embroiderer trouble is she lives in the shadow of her older sister Keira also a graduate of Green Pastures Keira became famous with a series of graphic novels that lampooned Normandy and their arents but their arents don t seem to care and only seem to indulge Keira s behaviorOne day Normandy and her two best friends Neil and Dusk whose real name is Dawn gotta love it launch what they call The Truth Commission designed to get their fellow classmates to reveal their not so secret secrets As they start uestioning their eers they find the whole rocess tremendously empowering although they re not the ones telling the truth but their efforts start an interesting domino like effect across the school which has both ositive and negative resultsBut the truth that Normandy finds herself most compelled to uncover is the truth about Keira who left her university studies and returned home ostensibly to write the next installment in her graphic novel series Keira is acting eccentric than ever and Normandy can t uite understand why their The Dreamer Wakes (The Story of the Stone parents won t get to the bottom of what s going on with her And then without warning Keira starts to confide in Normandy about an incident that has left her shaken Normandy faces the ultimate dilemma as she and her friendsursue their search for other Rivers Last Longer people to reveal their truths should she try to do the same with Keira Will anyone care if she doesThis was a warm amusing and utterly engaging bookopulated with really intriguing characters While so many of the issues the characters dealt with are familiar Juby makes you care about her characters so you want to keep reading The book is ostensibly Normandy s junior roject in school so it s a reflection on the events that occurred and how they made her feel along with her wry and sometimes off topic observations even some drawings here and thereI don t know how you read a book but this one has a lot of footnotes mostly Normandy s observations and comments to the readers of her manuscript When you read a book with footnotes on a Kindle you have to click back and forth between the footnote and the text so it took a little longer to get through the text and sometimes the footnotes didn t advance the story that much But in the end it s a tiny irritation that didn t dampen my enthusiasm for this terrific book in the slightestSee all of my reviews at 45 starsThis had strong resonances with two of this year s Book Battle books made me think of another one a few times and I bet if I had time and will I could come up with connections The two were The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy and The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone It s not a major leap with a somewhat unreliable narrator who s a teen in an art school and with uestions of how much integrity eople will retain in the face of the lure of The Eat-Clean Diet Cookbook: Great-Tasting Recipes that Keep You Lean! profit I really liked the voices of both Ethan Vigilante Poets and Normandy Truth Commission which takes care of a lot of feelings about a book right there But The Truth Commission kept on surprising me and one of those surprises was how absolutely wonderful the school the Green Pastures Academy of Art Applied Design was It s uirky and exaggerated enough that it doesn t come across as simply idealized or sentimental but how fantastic is it to have a school with wonderful teachers fantastic student counselor and enough resources to stand up for students interests when they ve nobody else Normandy s humour in describing it and herself and fellow art students also keeps it from being too much If there s one thing we learn at Green Pastures other than the fact that in some cases art canay very well it s that there is help available to us if we get overwhelmed As art students we are Witchcraft for Tomorrow presumed to have fewractical life skills and to be less stable overall Casual observation would suggest that this is a safe assessment At GP students get upset over a ambition outstripping ability b lack of sleep c sexual and drug experimentation done in an effort to rove oneself talented Of course sex and drugs done strictly as an artistic affection are just as owerful as they are if you do them with the The Wedding Redux purpose of getting loaded It s aainful lesson that must be learned by every art student who assumes that if they wear ironic hats surely they Should Be Able To Have be able to have sex and do ironic drugs As I said I also thought immediately of Addison Stone because there s a very talented young artist who gets than her fair share of special treatment because of her talent That is not Normandy but rather her sister and the crucial for me difference between the two books is that Juby shows how appalling the cost is to everyone when adults fail to hold the young artist accountable for her behaviour Norm s sister Keira is a graphic artist whose comics Rolling Thunder portray and exploit her family herarents and Normandy shown in grossly distorted ways to their humilation and hurt and her fame and rofit It s ugly and while Normandy starts off responding in typical abused child manner still craving Keira s approval she finally manages to speak up and say that what Keira has done is wrong and she s never consented view spoilerThe rape storyline of Flounder alter ego in the invented and the way Keira lied to Normandy to get the reactions she wanted is horrific It s heartbreaking that neither their arents nor Keira herself would see this and acknowledge how wrong Keira s behaviour was hide spoiler Actual Rating 35 This review has also been osted on The Social Potato Reasons to read The Truth Commission 1 The Writing Style This book is written in a fun witty style that will make it impossible to stop reading unless you just happen to have exams op up like I did What makes this book so much fun to read is the fact that it s written as a non fiction novel where the main character is telling her story to the readers I always enjoy reading a book structured like that because it helps forge a strong connection between the reader and the main character IMO It helps you get to know them better and through the main character s writing their characteristics shine through That was definitely the case in this book and the footnotes made it all the charming2 THE FOOTNOTES Holy crap those footnotes were SO MUCH FUN TO READ That is all I have to say3 The Main Character Normandy is one of the most relateable main characters ever and I LOVED reading her story I am not even sure what exactly makes her so fun to read about In Bootie and the Beast part it srobably the writing style but I also think it s just her She is so real She is in denial about her feelings about a certain someone Ein Häppchen Wahrheit gefällig Oder darf's doch ein bisschen mehr seinDas Leben ist nichts für Feiglinge denken sich die drei Freunde Dusk Neil und Normandy zu Beginn des 11 Schuljahres und starten ein gewagtes Experiment Einmal jede Woche wird abwechselnd einer der drei einem Menschen. ,


He can also be envious of other eople without even acknowledging the fact she is envious but she is also a great friend and The Art of Mary Beth Edelson person She is someone who internalizes her feelings but given the way she grew up with a speshul snowflake sister I am not surprised I loved watching Normandy find her inner strength and watching her shine like the awesome human she is4 The Friendships The relationships in this novel are complex but the bond between Normandy and her friends is great That isn t to say they never had any sort of drama but its understandable drama because no friendship iserfect And none of the individuals within this group are What is also awesome is the eople they meet along their journey to seek the truth and the bonds they forge with other eople5 The Plot The way things unfold in the book is brilliant It adds a layer of mystery to book and if you know me you know how I love my mystery I also just love how Motivational Perspectives on Chronic Pain people and things come together in this bookOther awesome things include some Diversity deals with slut shaming to a certain degree lack of ANNOYING drama A Few Criticisms 1 Kiera AKA Norm s older famous sister Kiera was a character withotential and I feel like that otential remained unrealized Maybe I just kept on wanting something ositive between her and Norm and when things turned out the way they did I ended up feeling disappointed2 Norm s family Norm s None Like Him: 10 Ways God Is Different from Us (and Why That's a Good Thing) parents aren t the worstarents in town but they aren t winning any awards either Their Puta passiveness just rubbed me the wrong way and I wish they were able to stand up for themselves but also for Norm I would like to say that I do like how things ended with Norm and her dad but I still wanted 3 I cannot say much else because spoilersbut the way rape was used in the novel bothered me It isn t used in a really horrible or even realllly offensive but it just doesn t work for me as a reader and left me with a bad taste in my mouth It wasn t enough to ruin the book for me but I do think the issue could have been handled differentlyVerdict This is a book I d definitely recommend There is only one thing that really bothered me but I was still able to enjoy the book and hopefully you will too since it is so much I have such mixed feelings on this book On the one hand the story was interesting to keep me up all night finishing it which is a commendable feat And the framing device is interesting albeit flawed I think adults who enjoy YA lit wouldrobably find this to be an interesting read But on the other hand it teaches kids the target audience some terrible lessons Let s dive right into the negatives shall we On the surface this seems like a great book for teaching important life lessons It covers things like slut shaming and sexuality with a moderate amount of care but unfortunately it also has an apparently straight female character reclaiming a slur historically used against gay men an unironic use of the term friend zone and the excusing of cultural appropriation as long as the offenders are sweetly committed 伝説の勇者の伝説 5 出来心の後始末 pretenders who weren t hurting anyone with their delusions There s also some comparatively mild ableist language I also have relatively minor criticisms about the flatness of the characters and the inconsistency of the conceitrimarily that a lot of the footnotes make it sound like this is the first draft yet there s a Killer Games part in theroject itself that refers to the roject being completed followed a few ages later by another footnote that only makes sense attached to a first draft There s no internal consistency is what I m saying Plus there are times when it seems like Juby forgot the concept and just started writing in a typical novel style which results in the books reading like it was written by two different eopleI have some final complaints that I need to rant about that contains spoilers so I ll ut it under spoiler "tags but it s not really important to " but it s not really important to recommendation if you re in the target audience for this book ie a teen read Beauty ueens by Libba Bray or anything by Courtney Summers instead They re all better written books and importantly they do a much better job of discussing serious issues If you re an adult who likes YA and you ve already read all the Cocksure previously mentioned recommendations it may be worth checking out It is aretty uick readin case the tags don t work spoilers followview spoilerI hate how cavalierly the topic of rape is handled It s used as a throwaway shocking twist twice instead of the traumatizing real world issue that it really is Part of the Beyond the Cliffs of Kerry (Bold Women of the 18th Century, problem is that the viciousness of Keira and her willingness to lie about being raped came out of nowhere She s characterized as troubled and distant at worst Yes she did some things that were hurtful to her family but it sresented as though she s unaware she s hurting them likely due to mental health issues Not only does it end up handling the topic of rape Porto Bello Gold poorly it also has theresumably unintended effect of making it look like the mentally ill are malicious and ossibly straight up evil all for the sake of a big reveal I also didn t care for the statement of fact that there s no way a man who s married to another man would be interested in sex with a woman as though bi and ansexual The Three Lives of Sonata James people don t exist despite the acknowledgment with the discussion of another character that they do Speaking of sexuality the constant mentions that both sides were hoping Tyler would choose them is just gross People s sexuality matters for them not because if they choose your side you might get to bang themI m aware that it might seem hypocritical for me to love Gone Girl which has receivedlenty of criticism for it s handling of rape and yet criticize The Truth Commission so harshly First off if you re bothered by the handling of false rape claims in Gone Girl that is completely valid and I m not going to tell you that you shouldn t be bothered But I will tell you why I think it s different from this book Most importantly it s a book for adults Problematic handling of any topic is much severe in my mind when it s directly targeted at kids Not that all adults are mature but the robability of them having the necessary level of knowledge and critical thinking skills is much higher than it is for teens But also the way Amy Dunne uses false rape claims as a weapon is consistent with who she is as a character She is cold and calculating and manipulative This is the same woman who s willing to frame her husband for murder and then commit murder all in order to get what she wants Keira lacks that clarity of character Presumably this is because Normandy is as she admits an unreliable narrator although she chalks it up to narration being inherently unreliable While Amy is also an it up to narration being inherently unreliable While Amy is also an unreliable narrator that reveal is art of our understanding of who she is It s art and arcel of her manipulations With Normandy we don t get that slow reveal of her sister s true self it s just BAM oh I guess I didn t know my sister at all The Truth Commission s flat characterization and Kaki vojaki: roman v rimah in slikah pooracing combine with the ungraceful handling of delicate issues to make a giant mess of an. 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Ending I know I m rambling because I m angry at the writing so I m just going to stop here I think having a rushed unsatisfying ending to this review is exactly what the book deserves hide spoiler Told as narrative non fiction Normandy Pale s story is about getting to the bottom of her famous graphic novelist sister s strange return home from college This is a funny at times out loud laughter and clever and yet deep and thoughtful look at relationships about the intricacies of families and about truth and creative truth telling Juby s book is about who gets to tell your story and how they get to spin it as well as what the implications of those things may be A seriously DELIGHTFUL read It might make some readers mad and it will leave many wanting to talk but that would nail home the oint erfectly Well shit The very best books are those that you either love or hate The very best books are those that sneak up on your feelings and makes them fucking explode With love with hate with bothThis book made me mad really really mad And I also want everyone in the world and their mother to read itI find it really weird that I can t say anything about this book s lot or ideas or themes Because the thing is that you must read them for yourselfWritten in the way of creative non fiction this book ironically gives the most skewed and artial version of the truth about it s story All the while sticking close to the factsPerception is a thing that always comes int The I write the I realize that when you tell a story you shape the truth What you leave in what you leave out every word and every emphasis changes the meaning Writers create the truth for better or worse This book really affected me I don t know that I have ever read a book that manages to be so lighthearted and humourous and yet so increasingly horrific and infuriating as it moves along There are so many things to raise about this book that I don t know where to start Also uite ironically for a book called The Truth Commission I ve got to be careful what I tell you I don t want to give away the dark depths this seemingly light book is headed towards But let me just agree with all the reviewers who said this it will make you madAnd the thing is for most of this book I thought I was already mad I mean I thought I knew what eople were talking about and yes it was Bear Boy pissing me off But to borrow the oldhrase I hadn t seen anything yetThe Truth Commission is a novel of exceptional writing detailed characterization and relationships feminism and criticism of slut shaming family and friendship truth and lies It s also about the subtle ways the truth can be distorted to extreme effect and the truths we wish we could unlearn This is a story about easy truths hard truths and those things best left unsaid The narrator is a girl and artist called Normandy Pale and the story revolves around her family and friends The family aspect mainly concerns her sister Keira who is a famous graphic novel artist and has long drained the spotlight from Normandy s efforts But it also looks at the impact of her sister s fame on their Black Women in White America parents and Normandy herself Because Keira s stories are than just stories they are weaved with elements of truth Featuring characters who are clearly based on their family members and containingrivate stories that were meant to stay within the family But that s the rice for having a successful sisterdaughter rightAlongside this Normandy and her art school friends establish what they call The Truth Commission which is essentially a way of asking fellow students and teachers for their truths Finding out the reasons behind what they do and who they are with surprising insightful and often uplifting conseuences By doing so the implication is that everyone is a complex human being with their own story Rights and wrongs victims and villains come into uestion It s way easier own story Rights and wrongs victims and villains come into uestion It s way easier you have someone to blame We want a victim and a villain and a simple story and for everyone to lay their role Personally I have always been a fan of books that transcend themes that do different things and do them all Well I Like This Kind I like this kind multi layered story better And The Truth Commission is one of those books It is a book that made me both snort with laughter and clench my teeth in furyI thought it was excellent and thought rovokingBlog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube Pinterest I was surprised by how much I liked this book I went into it thinking it was some light entertainment but don t be fooled by the sweet cover This story is clever and thoughtful and definitely not fluff I will definitely keep an eye on this author and recommend this book to fans of clever YA fictionFind reviews and bookish fun at I ADORED this HOLY CRAP Thought rovoking funny distressing and cathartic but not in a bullshit way As my 13 year old Josie who also loved it ointed out John Green should WISH he could write uirky yet real characters like this The conceit This is make believe "narrative non fiction by an 11th grader at an art school creating a writing roject to go along with " non fiction by an 11th grader at an art school creating a writing Monster der Woche project to go along with elaborate embroideries in fabric and thread about her friends attempts to geteople to tell the truth about things hence the title as well as her growing awareness of her own family s lack of truth telling all accompanied by doodly illustrations in the margins and amusing Foster Wallace esue footnotes Our narrator s sister is a famous graphic novelist who has mined the family s life for her work and created a very unflattering version of her Fragen Und Wege Zur Rechtseinheit in Deutschland parents and sister And IN ACTUAL FACT this a novel by a grown uperson an art school teacher who hired one of her former students to do the little interstitial drawings aw Basically it s a story about truth in which unreliable narrators AHOY It depicts lovely friendships a fucked up family a bunch of art students with all their retensions and endearing ness not a word I know lus tons of delightful fashion and a character with a Ones and Zeroes passionate love of movies There is adorable taxidermy There s even aerfect John Hughes esue self consciously romantic scene Now that I think about it this is a book for eople who know Andi should have ended up with Duckie I laughed I cried I got furious I read with my mouth hanging open in an OMG I DID NOT SEE THAT COMING manner I think this is my fave YA so far this yearbut I think all adults who work in journalism autobiographical fiction ghostwriting and graphic novels should read it It brings up excellent uestions about who owns stories and what storytellers owe eople whose lives become fodder I feel aggrieved that the cover sucks However this is the only fault I found in the entire book Wanted to see if this is a good as I remember it Yes 5 years later it still holds up Wish there were YA novels like this Smart but in an easy to read fluffy ackage Why isn t Susan Juby writing 51916 re read for my book club Still infuriatingPretty close to 5 stars for meIt is super funny and yet it also made my blood boil with fury There is a character in this story that I haven t seen in YA before and this character made me MAD Also footnotes. T einem ihrer beiden Teamkollegen was oder gar mit beiden Was die drei besten Freunde allerdings damit lostreten hätten sie nie geahnt Ein kluges Buch über Freundschaft Liebe und die Frage was wir mit uns und unserem Leben anfangen und was das eigentlich alles zu bedeuten hat Verlagstext. .